How To Start Your Own Blog In Six Easy Steps

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

How To Start Your Own Blog In Six Easy Steps
Reading blogs has to be one of the most popular forms of being able to keep up to date with your favourite topics, whether it be reading about a new beauty product release or looking up a recipe that someone had made, etc. These days, people tend to opt to look online, rather than read literature. With the internet being fast at the fingertips, the world wide web is only a click away. It is often a massive misconception that you must be a tech-savvy individual to even think about starting your blog, but is just not the case at all. Even the biggest of beginners can start their own blog, I was a beginner once! if you are thinking about starting a blog, I'm hoping with these simple steps you can start a blog of your very own.

Select the perfect niche/topic.

The first thing you will need to do before contemplating starting your own blog is to decide what niche your blog is going to fall into, and what topics you are going to write about to reach your target audience. Although most blogs are originally made as a hobby, it is nice to think that people out there will read your blog and take something from it. So, if this is the case then write topics you are interested in and your target audience will soon follow. This does take time though, so don't expect it to happen overnight. Even the biggest influencers didn't become popular overnight and I am still building a following with my new blog now!

Choose a blogging platform.

The most popular blogging platform I think seems to be Blogger. Blogger has always been my go-to blogging platform because it is very user-friendly and quite simple to use, even for beginners. But it all depends on where you want to go with your blog, which will be your focal point for choosing your platform. I find that most people who make a living out of blogging will sway more towards Wordpress, whereas those who are just starting out and using blogging as a hobby, they will more than likely stick with Blogger. But there is also Squarespace, Wix or even Tumblr for your most basic platform.

Choose & buy your domain name.

Whilst choosing a domain is not necessarily something that you have to do as it isn't a necessity, it creates an identity for you and is a great way of creating your own brand. Realistically your blog will be you and all about you. So you want a domain name that fits in with your niche. My domain name is my name because it is my blog and it is Lifestyle based, so it fits perfectly for my brand. It's just short enough to type out, that you don't get bored of typing at the end. There are many domain providers out there, but you have to find the right one for you. I went with Google domains as it is super easy to set up, you just put in the domain name that you want to create and it will automatically set up the redirects for you, so it is easy as 123. But if you want to look elsewhere, such as GoDaddy or 123-reg, then they both have setup guides that are quite simple to follow. You just have to do your research and see which one is the best fit for you.

Find the right theme.

If you are anything like me then you will be super picky in what theme you want on your blog. I did buy once when I started this up but I wasn't really satisfied and changed it again, I really need to work on that. But you need to find a theme that works for both you and your blog. You want to look for something easy on the eye, user friendly and also SEO friendly too! You don't want something that is too bright, cluttered and is just a mismatch, as you'll find people will not want to stay on your blog. You will find that you can search for blog themes via Etsy, one of my favourites being Templates By Kate who provides blogger only themes, but she also provides support and can even install the templates for you, if requested. Another popular templated provider is Pipdig who I have used previously and provide an array of Blogger and Wordpress themes and offer Wordpress migration too.

Plan & write your content.

To have content, you need to write content and to write your content, you need to plan what it is that you are going to write about. You need to think carefully about your chosen niche and plan around that for the type of posts that you are going to put on your blog. With some blogging platforms, you are able to schedule your content to go up at a certain time, on a certain date which you can stick to or if you're like me, you put up content whenever you want to. You make a routine to suit you and your everyday lifestyle. If you use your blog professionally, then you will more than likely want to post quality content quite regularly. I try and come up with ideas and then I like to note them down or print them off. Then I tick them off as I go.

Use Social Media to promote.

Using your socials plays a big part in getting your content out there and gaining readership. You have to figure out what Social Media works best for you, whether it be Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest which I find everyone to be very useful. Using suitable hashtags to get your posts out there and networking with other bloggers to build readership and hopefully get a loyal following. But you can't expect it to be all one-sided. Try commenting on other blogs, talking to people through your social media, this all comes in useful when you're trying to build rapport for yourself and others. You can also do a keyword search for what is most popular and trending at the moment, to try and drive more traffic to your blog and hopefully build your way up into the Google search engines.

That should be everything to get you started and hopefully build your confidence up to start your own blog!

*Disclaimer: This is not a collaboration. All honest opinions and words are that of my own. Image sourced from Pexels.

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